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What to do with older children this summer

Jul 21 2019

If you have older children, a big question often arises; how do I keep them occupied all summer? Six weeks can seem like an incredibly long time for a parent. Unlike when they were younger, trying to find something that the whole family will enjoy becomes a lot harder. It’s not always as simple as taking a trip to the park every day or watching films, while these are good by the end of the first week, the children and even you could find yourself very bored. Instead, you want to find activities that are not only going to keep them busy but are also going to be fun and create some great memories too. Read on to find three of them.

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Moon landing celebrations: Barbie and the European Space Agency launch new collaboration to encourage girls to become the next generation of astronauts, engineers and space scientists

Jul 20 2019
Today 20th July 2019 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. It’s such an inspiring story for us all and watching the footage from 1969 of the two astronauts touching the moon gives me goosebumps. Of all moon landing celebrations, one of my favourite has to be the launch of a new collaboration between Barbie and the European Space Agency to encourage girls to become the next generation of astronauts, engineers and space scientists. As a girl who grew up with Barbies in the ’70s and ’80s and with a 200+ strong vintage Barbies‘ collection, this story really excites me, as I remember my pretend-games in which my dolls were career women including astronauts. Actually, Barbie brought out their first astronaut doll four years before Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. That for me says it all in terms of vision of the company that created my favourite toy of all time. 

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Win a Mermaid Tail for adults worth £92 courtesy of Planet Mermaid

Jul 19 2019

Planet Mermaid’s sister company adds some sparkle to their new adult range, and we’re giving one Mermaid Tail  away!

With adult mermaid tails in high demand, Mermaid Planet have designed and created this beautiful new range just in time for the summer. Well, we can’t just leave it to the kids to have all the fun on holiday.

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Win a special Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans goody bag

Jul 18 2019

Led by rising stars Sebastian Croft (GAME OF THRONES) as Roman teenager Atti and Emilia Jones (PATRICK) as his Celtic rival Orla, Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans launches in cinemas 26thJuly 2019.

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Happiness expert Dr Andy Cope tells us why it pays to make others happy

Jul 18 2019

Happiness expert Dr Andy Cope tells us why it pays to make others happy in this blog.

We can pretend that males and females are the same, but they’re actually not. Males are endowed with physical strength. Guys were designed to chase and wrestle with warthogs, drag the carcass home and, crucially, know which was home. Females can do those things too, but with smaller warthogs, and the way home might be less clear. Sometimes left and right get confused. But evolution has compensated by giving the female of the species a whole load of emotional superpowers. Generally speaking, females have less physical strength but a finely honed ability to ‘tune in’ to emotions as well as mastery of the dark art of understanding the meaning of what hasn’t been said.

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